Playwright James Reaney’s namesake son sent me a note that:
The fourth James Reaney memorial lecture is set for Oct. 20, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Stratford Public Library, 19 St. Andrew Street, Stratford. The speaker will be David Ferry, actor/director/impresario/educator; a friend and ally of dad’s for many decades. Please visit www.jamesreaney.com for information about the lecture, other Jamie Reaney news and reflections.
He mentions that “the library is right across the street from the Stratford jail, likely the inspiration for the jail scenes in The Killdeer, and near the Perth County courthouse where Madam Fay holds sway until Dr. Ballad finally saves us all.”, and sends a final “congratulations to everyone involved in [Alumnae Theatre’s production of] The Killdeer.”
Stratford Public Library’s website is www.stratford.library.on.ca. David Ferry has just returned from directing James Reaney’s Sticks and Stones at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, QC. www.ubishops.ca/academic-programs/humanities/drama/guest-artists.html
Other upcoming Reaney events:
Adam Holowitz is starring as Kenneth in James Reaney’s The Easter Egg running in London May 24 – June 1 at The ARTS Project Theatre, 203 Dundas Street . 519-642-2767. http://alvegoroot.wetpaint.com/
Speakers are already lined up for the next two Reaney memorial lectures: in October 2014, Tim Inkster of the Porcupine’s Quill will deliver the 5th Reaney lecture, and in October 2015, Thomas Gerry, who has just written an excellent book about James Reaney’s Emblem poems, will be the 6th speaker.
And of course, there are two more chances to catch what Reaney’s daughter-in-law Susan Wallace praises as “Barbara Larose‘s wonderful production of The Killdeer” at Alumnae Theatre, Toronto – tonight and tomorrow night, Sat April 27. http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/1213season.html.